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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted January 04, 2017 05:29 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Here is a short video I uploaded yesterday. Its been fun doing this, the down side to this video, is now my wife Yvonne has found out where her little mirror that she had kept in her bag disappeared to, many years ago [Eek!]

https://vimeo.com/198011244

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Steve Klare
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 - posted January 04, 2017 10:15 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Awesome, Graham!

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted January 05, 2017 02:57 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Graham
It looks as if you need plenty of leader to reach your cake-stand!
Interesting to see a five-platter unit. In the Odeons where I worked we only had three-platter units (Philips and Christie.) These were a problem when we had more than two films to show in a day in a single screen. Lifting off over two miles of film was always a heart-stopping time!

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted January 05, 2017 03:54 AM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Steve [Smile]

Maurice for our three screen cinema we had two five deck platters and for one screen a three deck platter.

Those five decks were brilliant to use, I dont think we could have operated that place without them due to the amount of films we were running. I remember one night on a 5 deck. I locked the jockey "constant speed" for interlocking Pearl Harbour for two screens with two projectors, while the top deck jockey "also locked" for film to run down the roof to another projector at the same time. I still remember thinking, that with two films running of the five deck one being an interlock, that if something was to go wrong with it, I would be in the poo big time....I was glad when that night was over that's for sure.

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted January 05, 2017 05:45 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Graham

At my Odeon Multiplex in Taunton, Somerset in 1992, the manager decided to show "Batman Returns" in two screens at the same time as he knew we had such facilities. Being a new cinema this was the first time we had used this interlocking arrangement. We had Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 projectors with Christie 3-platter cake-stands.

All went well for the opening day. The film ran from the first platter, through the first projector, over all the pulleys and into the second projector, and then to the second projector's platter.

The first screen was now running. A quick move to the second projector whilst watching the count-down leader approaching. Then, away with the same film in another screen.

I was very pleased with myself as it all worked perfectly. Suddenly the phone rings. It's the manager.

"I've still got so many kids queuing to get into Batman, will you please hold up the start of the second screen."

Very few managers had any idea of what went on in a projection room and it took quite a time to explain that there was only about a minute between the two shows. Later, when all had quietened down (we had three other screens as well to look after) the manager appeared and now I was able to show him first-hand how the locking arrangement worked.

We never repeated it!

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David Hardy
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 - posted January 05, 2017 11:32 AM      Profile for David Hardy   Email David Hardy   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A great video there Graham.

A fine example of German engineering. Built to last.

I wonder how many times in its 90 year life the intermittent
and sprocket wheels have had to be changed.

We used to do interlocks at our sites too. I hated them and still do.
You lose one show you lose the lot.

What is the most screens you have had to interlock guys ?

Mine is 5 if memory is correct.

Maurice some Cinema Managers had to learn such things the hard way.

[Wink] [Wink] [Wink]

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Graham Ritchie
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I think this video of 16 screens from FilmTech must be world record [Eek!]

https://youtu.be/ZdPKGNCw7lM

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David Hardy
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 - posted January 05, 2017 12:26 PM      Profile for David Hardy   Email David Hardy   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Graham thanks for that link.
I had seen this one before.
Its my idea of Projectionists Hell...hahahaha !!!! [Smile] [Smile] [Smile]

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Kevin Clark
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Thanks to your dedication and hard work your Ernemann looks and works superbly Grahame - in comparison my Spectra is very basic but it is still a pleasure to use it to watch 35mm on the home cinema screen.

Kevin

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Graham Ritchie
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Thanks Kevin

Its been a interesting project bringing something back to life that at one stage in the past was heading to the scrap.

There is a certain wow factor to all film projecting and its certainly fun, although the future for all this stuff is very uncertain, but will enjoy using it at the present [Smile]

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted January 22, 2017 01:50 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well folks this is my last video on the Ernemann2 projector including this time a lot more of the platter....do try the Kung Fu Panda staring contest.. [Wink]

https://vimeo.com/200520183

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Paul Adsett
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Just superb Graham! What an achievement assembling that projector and platter, and all those rollers! Your video clearly illustrates that there is nothing like 35mm film, everything else is a compromise.
Well done indeed!

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Graham Ritchie
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Thanks Paul [Smile]

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Tom Spielman
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 - posted January 23, 2017 08:59 PM      Profile for Tom Spielman   Email Tom Spielman   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very nice Graham. I love the mix of old and new(er) technology. I especially like it when people take some discarded piece of machinery and make it useful again.

The technology we have today is mind boggling and probably nothing compared to what we'll have in the future. Yet I'm constantly impressed by the ingenuity of those that came before us and how they were able to accomplish so much without computers, satellites, robots, and air conditioning. [Wink]

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